Thursday, March 17, 2011

Emergency supplies recommendations?

For obvious reasons, I'm planning on upgrading my family's earthquake kit, specifically to add a tent, sleeping bags (for four), a stove, and a solar charger. Can anyone point me to a good review source, or recommend items they have? Obviously, I don't need something that's top of the line - - just something fairly small, light, and durable that'll do the job in an emergency.

For example, this solar charger sounds good, but is pretty expensive for something I'll probably never use before it's outdated. Maybe this is a better choice?

Also, I thought this was pretty funny in response to a camper asking, "is there a titanium water bottle that could be used to boil water over a campfire?":

The other thing to consider is that if you really are in a survival situation, why worry about the water? You'll be rescued—or not—before anything in the water gets you. And once you're out, you can be treated for whatever it is you drank.


  1. I recently came across

    It has a pretty incredible list of items and procedures for every disaster.

  2. I would recomend getting a solar charger that also has a crank so you can charge things even when there's no sun.
    We bring a little solar radio/flashlight with us to Burning Man that can charge up our cellphone and mp3 players. They're available at Radio Shack for pretty cheap and have held up well for us. We've heard that they can damage some cellphones, so we usually use a more expensive solar backpack for that, but the little radio's crank hasn't hurt our mp3 players.

  3. But if you don't get rescued then you get the runs.... and maybe die. Better to get a bottle of those water purification tablets, and maybe a 40 dollar water filter.

  4. Ditto the person before me. You'll at best only get Giardia...probably e.Coli, likely worse since water mains, sewer mains, and goodness knows what else (nuclear waste or poisons come to mind) is floating around in that water. Even the best case scenario could mean severe dehydration...which could easily kill you in a few days. Also consider the lack of resources even once you are rescued in a major disaster...In the long run it's definitely better to get what little safe water you can than the huge risks of drinking floodwaters.

  5. I never understood Emergency kits, in the event of a major catastrophe chances are that your emergency kit is under tons of rubble or destroyed. The best thing to get is earthquake and theft insurance and get the heck out.

    However if you're worried about the power being out and other minor inconveniences get some MRE's, water, a filled gas generator, a medical kit and a fire extinguisher.

  6. I'm using the list up at

  7. As to why - - I've planned my kit up until now to account for loss of water and electricity, but assuming we'd be able to stay in the house. But I think adding sleeping bags and a tent is a sensible addition.

  8. From all the research I have done, canned goods, (dried and/or MRE's) fresh water, a first aid kit and a flashlight are essentials. I have all this but I need a fire extinguisher and something to cook with also.

    I will echo the people above and say do not count on being rescued or treated for drinking bad water, better safe than sorry. get some water cleaning tablets. it might be a long time before someone can get to you.

    a tent and sleeping bags are good but not the most important. here are some sites Ive checked for prepping for the unknown...

    look at his "blogroll" for links to more sites.

    good luck!!

  9. I was up in the tsunami hit areas of Japan just after the earthquake and even though Japan is major industrialized nation there were still hundreds of deaths due to unclean water in the the few areas I visited alone. Anyone who thinks drinking "whatever water" is around just because they'll "get treatment within a day or two" is in for a big surprise when the big one comes. Drinking unclean water can kill even strong people in a day or two. Add to that weakness due to stress, injury or age, unclean water is the biggest problem in those areas.

    And just because you take care of your own family doesn't mean that really nice lady across the street planned so well. If a disaster hits, you're in this as a community, like it or not. Always add extra stuff in your kit to cover friends, neighbors or unfortunate bystanders you come across.